La Cumbre Siberian Silk
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
I know, no Porters for 10 months and then, all of a sudden, two in a row. Well this one is actually 8 months in the making. Utilizing 100% German malts, a 2 step decoction and our house lager yeast, we have created a beer that, while opaque, feels as smooth as anything you have ever experienced, is warming without being overpowering, and has loads of milk chocolate character without being burnt in any way. The extended lagering is both expensive and a logistical nightmare, but we think you’ll agree, it was well worth the wait. Starting Gravity: 1.090 Final Gravity: 1.028

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MHOSKINS (83) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2013
La Cumbre is one of my favorite brewers & pubs. Siberian Silk is simply a great Baltic Porter that I love seeing on menu at the brewery! I love this beer. I definite must try for all porter fans. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1654) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
On tap at the brewpub it is a nice brown color with a slight head aroma of chocolate and maybe cherries. Tastes chocolate and roasted coffee flavors that linger on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5613) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
On draft at the brewpub in Albuquerque. Pours a dark cola with a tan head. Chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavors of toasted nuts and bitter roasted grains. Lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Arrives from the tap with a fat-one-finger thick, nicely browned head. The beer is a concentrated brown, almost black color that shows a clear, burnt amber when held up to the light. The aroma has that concentrated malt, and umami like note that so few American strong / dark Lagers seem to achieve (is it the German malts and / or the decoction mashing). Up front the dark / roast character dominates, but it is eminently smooth, more dark cocoa like, with lots of toasted, nicely browned, rich black bread notes, lots of tasted / savory like cracker notes, and almost a smokiness to it as the roast and savory malt character combine.

Rich and chewy, the body sticks a bit to the palate, but doesn’t get overly cloying; and this beer really isn’t overly sweet either. Lots of dark chocolate notes, smoked raisin flavors, savory brown / toasted bread notes, and in the finish enough roast character that this has a sort of chalky / charcoal like, almost astringency, and lingering burnt character. There is quite a bit of bitterness to this beer, much of it is roast derived, but there is a firm hop character here as well. The malt flavor is not quite so rich and savory as the aroma would have suggested, but this still has a touch of smoky like character, and, as it warms up a umami like, dark maltiness to it. Almost has a roasted caramel, and even a bit of molassess fermented rum, character to itas it warms up.

Exceedingly rich, without being overly so, I still feel like I am eating a meal in a glass; this is definitely a beer to finish off the night with, so I think I shall. This is one of the best Baltic Porters that I have had in a long time; the lager character comes through very, very well, and I am quite impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Tap at La Cumbre. Clear deep cola ruby. Minimal head. Nose is dark cherry fruits. Taste is hot alcohol, prune, dark cherry liquor, some hefty bitter cocoa. Nice enough. Just a tad hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (923) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2013
on tap at the brewery taproom. Black in color with a small, frothy beige head. Aroma is subtle, but caramel and especially chocolate malt. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy, smooth texture. Flavor is moderately sweet and long in duration. Smooth, creamy, roasty and mild. This was my first Baltic Porter and I’m guessing what makes it one is the fact that it’s a lager yeast rather than an ale yeast. It has many characteristics that make it similar to a regular porter, the major difference to my palate is how smooth and subtle it is. Very good and definitely worth the wait to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
ketchepiller with the growler 11/25/11. clear porter color with a tan head. a+f= coffee, roast, bubblegum, mild choco, minerals, fennel, mint/herbs and ash on the finish. it could stand to lose some sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7930) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Courtesy of ketchepillar at the Black Friday Tasting, thanks Sam, pouring up deep dark brown with full impressive mocha head. The aroma is modest in strength but still brings up rich chocolate brownie notes as well as some dark fruity esters and a mild level of dark roasted malts. The taste is rich with chocolate brownie, smooth sweet dark fruity esters, toffee notes and some pleasing dark roasted maltiness. Nice but actually a touch over carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cggipa (7) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2011 does not count
On tap at the brewpub. Poured black, dark brown with a thin tan head. Malty, toasty, dark roasted coffee - mmm! Medium body, smooooth silky mouthfeel. Sweet malt, toasted bread, then strong coffee and some milk chocolate. Warm dry finish. No session beer here. Dark, rich deep flavored. Nice dessert beer or night cap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
ketchepillar hooks it up! Dark brown pour, light head. Aroma is very roasty and charred. Flavor has light cocoa, espresso and LOTS of ashy roasty malt. Too much, but still worth drinking for sure.

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